Head of School Search

The Center's Search Committee

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  • Members

    Usama Cortas
    Trustee, Parent '22, '25, '28

    Betsy González
    Trustee, Parent '24, '26

    Mai Lassiter
    Trustee, Alumni Parent '14, '19

    Todd Liu
    CEE Fifth Grade Faculty

    Marcus Lollie
    Trustee, Parent '23, Alumni Parent '20

    David Messinger
    Co-Chair, Trustee, Parent '22, '24, Alumni Parent '19

    Nassim Shandy
    CEE Administration, Parent '24

    Sunny Whang
    Co-Chair, Trustee, Parent '24, Alumni Parent '18, '19

Head of School Search

From the Search Committee

In our search for the next Head of School, The Board of Trustees is engaging The Center community in identifying its next leader who will carry out CEE’s vision, mission, and core values.
In addition to regular email updates to the community, we will post updates to this page to keep you informed throughout this important process.

The Process

The search process is well underway, and a big part of it will be informed by the input and insights from our community. As such, the process will be comprised of the following steps:

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Selecting a Head of School

The thoughtful engagement from The Center community will help Spencer Stuart and the Search Community identify outstanding candidates. As we narrow down the candidates to a handful of finalists, the Search Committee will make a recommendation to The Board of Trustees. Following the best practices from the National Association of Independent Schools and in accordance with our bylaws, The Board of Trustees will select a new Head of School who will embody the mission and values of The Center for years to come.

Search Firm

The Board is delighted to announce that it has selected Spencer Stuart to help guide us through our Head of School search process. Spencer Stuart is a leading search firm that works across multiple industries. Their independent school practice is widely admired, and they have been engaged in Head of School search for many prominent schools. Spencer Stuart demonstrates a deep understanding of The Center’s mission.
Mary Gorman, Kristine Johnson, John Harpole, and Susan Clifford from Spencer Stuart will be leading this search, and we are impressed by them individually and collectively. They have our full confidence.

Prospective Applicants

To learn more about the qualifications for our Head of School position, please view the Candidate Position and Specification document (coming soon!). If you would like to recommend a candidate or are a potential candidate for the position, please contact Spencer Stuart directly at CEEHead@spencerstuart.com.


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  • January 2020

    • Survey Results shared with the CEE community
    • Head of School search update at State of the School meeting
  • December 2020

    • Search Committee and Spencer Stuart invite CEE Faculty, Staff, and Admin to complete a Culture Survey
    • Search Committee and Spencer Stuart invite the broader community to complete a Community Survey
    • Spencer Stuart invites CEE Faculty, Staff, and Admin to a Townhall meeting to discuss the search
  • November 2020

    • Parents' Association Board meeting completed
    • One-on-one meetings completed
  • October 2020

    • Search Committee formed
    • Spencer Stuart selected

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where can potential candidates express their interest in the position?

    If you know of someone who would like to apply for this Head of School position, we have set up a confidential email account that goes directly to Spencer Stuart: CEEHead@spencerstuart.com

Candidate Submission and Inquiries

Position and Candidate Specification

The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.